Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Yet(i) Another Distraction
One of the pitfalls of writing the text for a 3D children's atlas is distraction. I search for a piece of information, start reading, and before you know it, an hour has passed and I've learned all about something fascinating but irrelevant.
I've been obsessing over polar bears for days now, and started this morning off by trying to determine who'd win in a fair fight, a polar bear or a grizzly bear.
Next thing you know, I was hunting for images of the Himalayan Brown Bear, a/k/a the fearsome yeti.
In 2000, I read an entire book about mountaineer Reinhold Messner's search for the yeti. He saw one, you see, and it kind of freaked him out, and he thought, "That's odd, and I'd like to know if that was a yeti." He reckoned (after further research expeditions) that it was a rare, humongous bear that would stand on its hindlegs and scare the daylights out of people.
Here's an article about a Japanese researcher that agrees with Messner. Yep, it's a Himalayan Brown Bear.
I'm fine with the yeti being a bear. Bears are scary too.